Monday, October 13, 2014
Will Brown's Health Cuts Kill County Worker?
She's going to die as a result of these changes.
This woman - I am not going to identify her or where she works, but will be happy to supply some information to administration officials if they care - has cancer. She has been undergoing treatment with various different specialists. She's attended Healey's heartwarming session, and did the math. Already in debt, she will simply be unable to afford paying for her treatments next year. So she's already notified doctors that, after this year, she won't be going back. She's stopping all treatment.
And she'll die, barring a miracle
Well, nobody subpoenaed her to work for the County.
It's time that Brown listen to the five members of Council who have already told him to rethink his draconian changes. Instead of government by consultant, this is a government in which he has an obligation to listen to the people's representatives. While I certainly don't think he's cold-hearted enough to wish for anyone's death, that's what happens in the real world when elected officials do not listen.
Updated 10:25 am: Several years ago, an employee needed a double lung transplant. It wasn't covered by County Health insurance at the time. According to BC/BS it was either catastrophic or experimental and they weren't going to cover it. Ciounty Executive Gerald Seyfried ordered BC/BS to pay it anyway. He would have died without the transplant. This employee's medical bills to date must be well over a million dollars. I asked Jerry about this once and he said, "You can't put a dollar amount on a life."
He was defeated by a group who think you can.